THE SEED OF FAITH

[SW171] 01/31/2015 message notes by
Licensed Leader Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“The Seed of Faith”

The Lord wants to plant a seed in you today, He wants to rain on you today, He wants to show you the divine simplicity of faith.

Text to begin with — Ephesians 2:8

In Israel, the deserts are dry and desolate-looking. But once in a while, the great rains come, and the desert blooms. Seeds dropped during the last great rain, seeds that have laid dormant for years, suddenly produce a sea of flowers and grasses.

Faith is like that. It’s a seed. God plants it in you. It’s a gift from Him (Ephesians 2:8).

You want to understand faith, you want God to do what He says He will do. But the more voices you listen to, the more complicated it seems to be. I pray you will see its divine simplicity today.

It is by grace you are saved, through faith.

It is by grace you are healed, through faith.

It is by grace you are delivered, through faith.

Beloved, Jesus Christ has come to set the captives free (Isaiah 61, Luke 4:18-19). And He’s the same yesterday and today and forever. It all begins with the seed of faith deposited in you by God.

I am praying that God will plant a seed of faith in you, and that the great rains come to water it, as I tell you what He did in me.

#1 The seed

I had a hard time pinpointing when I received the seed of faith, but just this morning, the Lord showed me it was when I was a little child, maybe five years old. I remember my parents taking me to church. But then I strayed far away, and there was no rain, so the seed laid dormant for 40 years.

#2 The rain

My pastor gave our church board Tommy Tenney’s The God Chasers. I was sick with progressive MS. But the rain came, and the seed stirred. I got face-down on the floor and prayed, “God, I want to know you like that!”

Then there was the vision from Pastor Doc. He obeyed God and from the pulpit, spoke the vision God had given him (Romans 10:14-17). In that vision, I was healed. More rain! My face lit up, I couldn’t help but smile, the seed stirred more!

#3 The conviction and confession

Conviction of sin came next. When I saw it, I came to God humbly and contritely (Psalm 51:16-17).

— The Holy Spirit convicted me of sin, through the instructions God gave Pastor Doc (praying to God to see if I was right with Him, and receiving no answer).

— Pastor Doc obeyed and asked if I had any unforgiveness in my heart. Yes, toward first husband. I confessed my sin (Matthew 6:15), and asked God to take unforgiveness from my heart. I felt it lift off my shoulders as I prayed.
I was not right with God until I asked Him to take it from me. That’s why there was no answer to my first prayer.

— Pastor Doc obeyed again and showed me Hebrews 13:8 (more rain!), making me speak it out loud. The Holy Spirit convicted me that I was limiting God by saying healing is not for today, and I repented.

#4 The growing

Still more rain! I needed it in order to break ground and come into flower and sway in the breeze of the Holy Spirit!

Word — The scripture prescriptions assigned by Pastor Doc, at God’s direction.

Worship — Continuous, worship music from when I arose to when I went to bed.

Prayer — Lord, show me, teach me, put this Word in me so I know You, and so I believe You will heal me.

#5 The believing — acting on the seed of faith God gave to me

Here’s all it was (but it is much, when I think about it!) — I reached up in the night and asked Jesus to rescue me from drowning in a sea of doubt (Matthew 14:30, John 11:4 and 40, Isaiah 53:1).

#6 The seeing

Healed, then baptized in the Spirit, and growing, faith to faith, image to image, glory to glory (2Corinthians 3:18)!

#7 The purpose

That I would be a witness to the world, living proof that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, and that He loves me just as He loves His Son (John 17:21, 23)

Altar call:

Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Seek Him, not what He can do.

Approach God humbly and contritely. Crouch down as low as you can go. Ask Him for a seed of faith.

Ask Him to show you if there is sin in your heart, and when He does, don’t shrink back. Just ask Him to remove it so you’re no longer separated from Him (Isaiah 59:1-2).

Be careful of preachers of faith. Some of them teach only part of the picture.

Ask God to put someone in your path who will show you the whole picture.  He is faithful, and He will do it.

Obey what that one says to do. Submit. Pray, read, worship.

When Satan tries to strip everything away by sending a wave of doubt over you, that little plant of faith in you, grown from the seed that was a gift from God, will remain.

And He will answer and save you and heal you and fill you.

Amen.

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NO PLANS OF YOUR OWN

[SW170] 01/23/2015 message notes by
Licensed Leader Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“No Plans of Your Own”

God the Father wants to take you beyond yourself and into Him, out of your works and into His. It’s a battle of wills — yours and God’s — until you do as Jesus Christ says you must do.

No Plans of His Own
By Richard “Stonefingers” Johnson
Used by Permission

The man on the cross has no plans of his own,
The man on the cross has no plans of his own,
The man on the cross has no plans of his own.
He is . . . an obedient son.

I just want to do what I see the Father do,
I just want to do what I see the Father do,
I just want to do what I see the Father do,
I wanna be . . . an obedient son.

Well, it’s not my will, but Thine be done
It’s not my will, but Thine be done
It’s not . . . my . . . will, but Thine be done
I wanna be . . . an obedient son

Someday . . . someday . . . when I see You,
when I see You  . . . face to face
When I see You . . . face to face
Gonna throw down my cross . . . and fall on my face,
I wanna hear you say, “Well done, my obedient son.”

Psalm 40:6     I have come to do Your will, O God

John 4:34    God’s will is My food

John 6:38    God’s will is why I came

John 5:19-20   I do what I see Him doing

John 12:49    I say what I hear Him saying (also John 14:10)

John 10:17-18   I lay down My life

Philippians 2:8ff   I empty Myself, humble myself, even to death on a cross — every bit of dignity stripped, extreme torture, scandalous way to die

Philippians 2:5  Have the same mind in you which was in Christ Jesus, even to the point of being humbled on a cross, dying to self.

Matthew 16:24-25

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must disown and utterly reject (533) himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.

“For whoever wishes to save his life will utterly destroy (620) it. but whoever utterly destroys (620) his life for My sake will find it.”

Take up your cross, as the Apostle Paul did (Galatians 2:20).

The old, rebellious sin nature will be utterly destroyed, in a moment of time.

You will become a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust (2Peter 1:4).

The Holy Spirit will fill your heart.

Your will, your plans, your rebellion against God will blow away like a wisp of smoke.

You will be in the condition described by King David in Psalm 51:16.

And His plan, His perfect plan, His glorious plan, His redemptive plan will come into view.

And your heart will say: “I delight to do Your will, O God! Your Law is written in my heart!” Even on a tablet of flesh (2Corinthians 3:3)!

Then you just go with His flow, and many will be saved, many will be filled, many will be set free, Jesus Christ working through you.

You stop working your plan, and He begins to work His! (Hebrews 4:9-10).

And His plan never fails!!!

GOD’S COMPASSION

[SW168] 01/17/2015 message notes by
Licensed Leader Susan J. Wynn ©2015

Give thanks to the Lord, for His compassion — His chesed, His mercy, His lovingkindness, His steadfast love — endures forever (26 times in Psalm 136)! And He insists that He must put that same chesed inside you, so you forgive exactly like He forgives.

Look at what God did with Judah, after they were overrun by Babylon and exiled because of their sin against Him:

Jeremiah 31:17-20 —

He tells him there is hope for their future and that their children will return to the promised land!

Why?

He has heard them grieving over their sin. They have said, “We were like untrained calves, going against You continually, and you have punished us. But now, bring us back! Restore us! For we have turned back to You, we have repented. You showed us our sin, and we were ashamed and humiliated. We bore the reproach we deserved, for we were like young and foolish ones.”

His response to their repentance is to remember them, His heart yearns for them, and He has mercy — checed — on them!

Here is why the Lord insists that we must have His chesed . . .

Matthew 18:21-35

v.v. 21-22  Peter thinks a little forgiveness is enough, but Jesus corrects him. Peter must forgive endlessly!

v.v. 23-24 It is time to settle accounts with our King. He finds that you owe Him more than you can fathom.

If a person made $10.00 per hour, working 8 hours a day, the 21st century equivalent of 10,000 talents would be $4.3 BILLION.

You surely cannot pay the debt you owe, and you fully understand how great is that debt!

v.v. 25-26 By all rights, you should be sold into slavery until you can repay, and you know you can never repay Him. Your situation is hopeless!

So you plead with the King — have patience, I will repay! And you fall down before Him.

But this is not just falling to the ground, as my Bible translation says. It is proskuneo, which means, “to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand; to fawn or crouch down, to prostrate oneself in homage, to revere and adore, to worship.”

You think the King might give you time to repay the impossible debt if you humble yourself in His sight, bow and worship Him, for He is God the Son.

v. 27 And God the Son has compassion on you, His chesed is poured out to you, His innermost parts are literally moved on your behalf.

And He sets you free and completely forgives your impossibly huge debt!

Remember that the key to His forgiveness is His compassion.
But what do you do with those who owe you? How do you respond to them?

v.v. 28-30 Someone owes you a small debt compared to what you owed your King.

The 21st century equivalent of a hundred denarii is $8,000, compared with the 4.3 BILLION you owed your King.

But you go to the one who owes you this small amount, and you choke him. You’re going to get what he owes you.

The King did not choke you, but your heart is not like the King’s.

Your debtor pleads with you just like you pleaded with the King.

But you are unwilling — literally, you will not. And you punish him by locking him up until he has paid what he owes you.

v. 31 Your fellow slaves report you to your King. And your King summons you.

v. 32 The King rebukes you, calling you wicked — evil, hurtful, derelict, vicious, malicious!

v. 33 The King says you should have shown the same mercy that He showed you.

v. 34 Moved with anger, even enraged by your behavior, He turns you over to the torturers until the impossibly huge debt you owed Him is paid off. Luke 16:28 tells us the place of torture is hell, beloved.

v. 35 Then Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, says His heavenly Father will do the same to you, unless you forgive FROM THE HEART. That’s from your innermost being.

I used to say that the reason we don’t forgive one another is that we don’t fully understand the extent to which God has forgiven us, and that when we do, we will forgive. But this slave knew how much he had been forgiven. And so do you, beloved.

Jesus says:

Matthew 6:14 “ For if you forgive  others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 “But  if you do not forgive  others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

The key is compassion — you are born lacking God’s compassion, His chesed.

You will say, “I lack it, so my situation is hopeless. I can try to forgive like God forgives, but I can’t do it.

“I will not take back my angry words that I have spoken, I will hold my grudges and bitterness, and they will be like a cancer in me (Hebrews 12:15). My bitterness and grudge-holding will devour me and defile, contaminate and taint my fellow Christians, and God will not forgive me because I cannot forgive. I am doomed to hell.”

God would NEVER leave you in that condition! It is not His will for any to perish, but all to come to repentance (2Peter 3:9)!

The New Testament equivalent of chesed is found in Thessalonians 5:23-24 —

1Thessalonians 5:23   Now  may the God of peace  Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your  spirit and soul and body be preserved complete,  without blame at  the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  24  Faithful is He who  calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

Sanctified entirely, completely, absolutely, perfectly — not just on the outside, not just partly on the inside, but through and through! He will do it if you ask Him:

Luke 11:13 “ If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your  heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

He will fill you with His Spirit! You will be given God’s actual compassion in your heart, His love in your heart, His divine nature in your heart!

Then you will be able to forgive in the exact same way He has forgiven you, regardless of what anyone does against you, regardless of how you are wrongly attacked, regardless of how your character may be falsely maligned.

If you do not forgive, Father God will not forgive you.

Beloved, this is not humanly possible, but with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)!

All you have to do is humble yourself, proskuneo toward Him, confess that your heart is not right. He is faithful! He will do it!

GOD’S PROTECTION

God promises to go before you as a warrior, and to defend you from your rear, where you cannot see! Find out how!

[SW168] 01/10/2015 message notes by Sister Susan J. Wynn ©2015
“God’s Protection”

Isaiah 52:12  But you will not go out in  haste,
Nor will you go as fugitives;
For the LORD will go before you,
And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

God’s Almighty promise is that He will go before you —

Go before = halak to walk continually, be conversant, lead, march, run

As you go, He continually is with you, ahead of you!
— He is Almighty God, and nothing and no one can overcome Him or defeat          Him
— He leads you, and you walk in His way
— He converses with you, He talks with you as you follow Him
— He is on the march, a mighty warrior leading his troops
— He protects you from what lies ahead of you
— He moves obstacles out of your way
— He exposes and destroys enemy plots and traps

And He is your rear guard!

— No one will attack you from the rear, because of His presence. Enemy              defeat is assured!
— The Enemy’s most subtle attacks are from that position, but God is there!
— He defends you at your weakest point, because you cannot see behind              you as you walk forward
— He makes sure you stay focused as you march forward
— You will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it,” when you turn to the right or the left (Isaiah 30:21).

You can’t lose, with God before you and behind you!

Let’s look at a King who had these promises, so we might learn a truth:

2Chronicles 17:4 Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, sought God.
— He treaded God’s way,
— frequented God’s presence,
— followed God
— Worshiped God,
— diligently inquired of God.

He did not seek the Baals or golden calves, like Ahab, King of northern Israel, who was one of God’s chosen people, but in name only.

2Chronicles 18:1 But Jehoshaphat took his eyes of God and tried to manipulate his circumstances.

He made an alliance with wicked Ahab, arranging a marriage between Ahab’s daughter and Jehoshaphat’s son, Jehoram (2Chronicles 21:6), to secure peace with Northern Israel.

The prophet Jehu rebuked him (2Chronicles 19:2-3), saying, “ Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD and bring wrath on yourself from the LORD? But   there is good in you, for  you have removed the Asheroth from the land and you have set your heart to seek God.”

Then, in 2Chronicles 20 —
— A huge army came against Judah (20:1)
— Jehoshaphat prayed to God (20:6-12)
— A prophet gave him a word that the Lord will fight for Judah (20:17)
— Jehoshaphat sent forth worshipers before his army (20:21)
— The Lord sent an ambush, without the involvement of Judah’s army,
and his enemies ultimately killed each other off (20:22-23)

What a great victory! The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, going before him, and being his rear guard, just as God promises in Isaiah 52.

But then:

2Chronicles 20:35-37
— He again took his eyes off God and tried to manipulate his circumstances by making another alliance with King Ahaziah, Ahab’s son who now reigned in Northern Israel.
— So he built ships with the rebellious King of Israel

But a prophet came and said, “The Lord destroys your works,” and indeed, the Lord destroyed what Jehoshaphat and Ahaziah had built.

The Lord says to us that if we take our eyes off Him, and try to manipulate our circumstances by making alliances with the world, with backsliders, with compromisers, He will not go before us nor be our rear guard.

Why? Is God a liar? May it never be! He is not a man, that He should lie (Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:2).

Look at Isaiah 52 again:

Isaiah 52:11 Depart, depart, go out from there,
Touch nothing unclean;
Go out of the midst of her,  purify yourselves,
You who carry the vessels of the LORD.

AND THEN comes Isaiah 52:12, His promise to go before us and be our rear guard!

Jehoshaphat took his eyes off the Lord and made alliances with those who rebel against God in order to manipulate his circumstances. If you do the same, God will not go before you or be your rear guard. What you build will be destroyed by Him, O church, O Christian!

Paul quotes Isaiah 52:11 to the Corinthian church:

2Corinthians 6:14    Do not be  bound together with  unbelievers; for what  partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?  15 Or what  harmony has Christ with  Belial, or  what has a  believer in common with an  unbeliever?
16      Or  what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are  the temple of  the living God; just as God said,
“ I WILL  DWELL IN THEM AND  WALK AMONG THEM;
AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
17      “ Therefore,  COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord.
“AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN;
And I will welcome you.
18      “ And I will be a father to you,
And you shall be  sons and daughters to Me,”
Says the Lord Almighty.

How do we keep from straying, from being bound together, from making alliances that lift His protection off us, so He will not go before us and be our rear guard, be our Father, and make us His sons and daughters? We must read on!

2Corinthians 7:1   Therefore, having these promises,  beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of
God. (NOTE: “Let us” is not in the original Greek. So this is a command, not a suggestion.)

This is a word for us, the answer to our waywardness. King Jehoshaphat sought the Lord most of the time, and trusted Him most of the time. But he could not perfect (complete) holiness. He could not completely fulfill or accomplish or finish it. He kept taking his eyes off God and trying to manipulate his circumstances, making alliances with the wicked that made God lift His protection off him.

When God the Father sent Jesus Christ to die and be raised again, to ascend back to Him and be glorified at His right hand, Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit in a new way, so when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, we are able to walk in the promise of protection because our hearts no longer wander!

We have the promise that He will make us holy, set apart for Him, when His Holy Spirit indwells us, but also the promise that He will make us no longer slaves to sin, to wandering, to manipulating our circumstances, to taking our eyes off God. Holiness is completed in us, so that we hate sin and backsliding and compromise just as He commands, and will not make alliances with those who rebel against Him — the world, and those in the church who give God lip service but their hearts are far from Him.

If you have been as Jehoshaphat, come into the truth today. Ask the Lord to baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire, and He will come and cleanse your heart from waywardness. And surely, the Lord will go before you always, and always be your rear guard!

 

MAGNIFYING GLASSES

[SW166] 12/27/2014 message notes by Sister Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Magnifying Glasses”

NOTE:  These sermon notes are brief, but you can go to the Youtube link to the right of this blog to watch the message.

When I was first filled with the Holy Spirit and was learning to walk in the Spirit, my mentor and pastor, David “Doc” Uber, came to me with a word from God. He said, “The Lord says you are to be transparent but not invisible.” I asked, “What does that mean?”
He said, “I have no idea!”

So I prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to explain the riddle to me. I write in my journal nearly every day, during my early morning devotional time. One day, as I wrote, a lightbulb went off — the Holy Spirit showed me that a magnifying glass is transparent, but not invisible. You can see its frame and its handle, but the magnifying part is transparent! The Lord told me I was to be His magnifying glass, and it is true for each one who says they follow Jesus Christ, beloved.

Text: 2 Samuel 7:10-11, 22, 25-26

God made David a house, and David’s response was one of humility, humbleness and contriteness before God. Who am I? I am nothing, yet you have chosen to make me a house. It is true of all of us who realize that God wants to come and dwell in our hearts, as Jesus speaks in John 14:23! We realize our littleness, and His greatness.

David goes on to proclaim the Lord’s greatness — and in Verse 25-26, David shows us the purpose of making him a house — so the name of the Lord would be magnified forever. Think of the many Psalms written by David, in which he speaks and sings of the Lord’s greatness! He will do the same in us, when we realize He wants to make us a house and come and dwell in us! We, too, will become His magnifying glasses!

Another voice of a magnifying glass is heard in Paul, in Philippians 3:7-14, and Galatians 2:20. There is a cost to becoming a magnifying glass. You must realize your littleness to see His greatness. You must die to the “old you” so He can live through you. And you must see that all good works and great accomplishments are as dung, compared to knowing Jesus Christ intimately. You must utterly reject your old life in order to have His life. But when you do, He makes your life GLORIOUS, filling you with His glory, His mightiness, His weightiness, and you cannot contain yourself — you must proclaim all that He has done, all that He is, all that He will do for anyone who will come to Him!

But beloved, some of you sit under teaching that says Jesus is small, that He worried, that he was depressed, that He was unsure. I have heard this in messages from leaders of denominations, from professors, from preachers! I have heard that Jeremiah was bipolar, and that other prophets were delusional. God help us!

Rather than becoming magnifying glasses who declare the greatness of God, these voices look at him through the wrong end of binoculars, and have miniaturized God!!!

Do not listen to them! Run from them! Find one who has become a magnifying glass, and listen and heed and do what the Word of God says.

Ask God to make you a house for His immensity, and you will become His magnifying glass!

MAKING MUCH OF LITTLE

[SW165] 12/19/2014 message notes by Sister Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Making Much of Little”

In Christ, God makes much out of our littleness, by putting His much IN us!

Text: Matthew 14:13-21

v. 13  If you hear Jesus and see what He has done, you will seek and follow Him.

v. 14  He has drawn billions to Himself since He walked the earth, died, rose (He is alive!!!), ascended, was glorified, and poured out His Spirit.

His response to those who seek Him? Compassion and healing.

v. 15 Jesus is teaching in this late hour, even today. The Bread of Life (John 6:35) is feeding you the truth of the Word of God.

Don’t look at things in the natural, as the disciples did. They thought Jesus needed to send them away for food.

But He is THE endless resource of all you need.

v. 16-17 Jesus says, “They don’t need to go away. You feed them!” He always challenges our perspective, and I thank God that He does.

He wants us all to see things His way —  the way that says, “All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23).

But His command (You feed them!) is also prophetic, for when we are full of Christ by the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to spiritually feed people.

v. 17 The disciples continued in the natural — How can they feed the people? There are only five loaves and two fish for thousands.

v. 18 He says to you today, “Bring your little to Me.” We are small and very much in need of God to do a great miracle in our hearts.

v. 19 When we turn away from sin and to Jesus Christ, He makes much out of us:

At salvation:

From child of wrath to child of God (Ephesians 2:3)

From sinner to saint (“set apart” one) (Ephesians 1:1)

From rebel to a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation
(1Peter 2:9)

From dweller in darkness to walker in His light (John 3:21, 1Peter 2:9)

When we ask our Father to fill us with His Spirit (Luke 11:13):

From empty to full (Ephesians 3:19, 5:18)

From broken to whole (Luke 4:18, Isaiah 61:1-2)

From corrupt nature to divine nature (2Peter 1:4) — His character enters us who are of the same lineal descent (genealogy), through faith in Christ!

From lovers of the world to lovers of God (John 15:19)

From impure hearts to pure hearts, wholly devoted to God
(1Timothy 1:5, 2Ti 2:22)

From fearing man to fearing God (Matthew 10:28, 2Corinthians 7:1)

From living in sin to “dead to sin” (1Corinthians 6:2, 1Peter 2:24)

v. 20  If you hear Him today, He will sup with you and you with Him, and you will eat and be satisfied.

You who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled with His Spirit. (Revelation 3:20, Matthew 5:6).

Of what He gives you, there will be some left over, because He is the Giver of more than enough.

His life will be in you, even to overflowing (John 10:10), and the Enemy’s plan to steal, kill and destroy will fail. And you will be able to lay hands on others that they, too, may be filled (Acts 19:5-6).

This is God’s gift to you, through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

It is so that people may know that He sent Jesus Christ.

And it is so they will know that if they seek Him and bring their little to Him, He will make much out of them, too, by putting His much in them.

He gives you this Gift even today, though you have nothing to offer Him but your sin.

I pray you will see your littleness as I did, and ask the Lord to make you into much.